Here's a bright, bouncing little word.
Dap has meanings to do with angling, birds, and athletics, and it's the bouncing that's important.
In angling, to dap is to use a fly (it can be a real or an artificial one) tied to a very light silk line, so that the wind makes the fly bob on and off the surface of the water.
When a bird daps, it's dipping lightly into water. In England you might see a dapping wagtail, or, even more pleasingly, in rocky places you might even see a dapping dipper.
Photo: Tim Walter
Children love to dap, too. This might involve dapping like a dipper, but it might mean bouncing, either a bouncing a ball or the whole body. It's easier when you're small, when gravity hasn't got such a hold on you, but a quick bounce at any age adds to the gaiety of the world.
(By the way, the ideal footwear for dapping are daps, which in Southwest England are plimsolls, a sort of light canvas trainer-type shoe.)
If you're really too heavy for dapping, then how about a dap greeting, which is a fist bump?
If the thing bouncing is a hammer and it's beating a sheet of metal into the shape of the mould underneath it then that's dapping, too.
A dap is also an Iranian drum:
As an acronym, DAP can be a Draw-a-Person test, which measures the abilities and emotional states of young children; a fertiliser; a flame-retardant; and a Dog Appeasing Pheromone, as well as loads of things to do with computers.
But for me, you know what? I'm going to stick with the bouncing.
Word To Use Today: dap. This word turned up in English in the 1600s, probably as an imitation of the sound of something small dropping into water.